Alison Smith

Abode review 'a charade'

A judge took pity on a woman left to represent herself and accused the Government of making the hearing a 'charade'.

Wednesday, 29 September, 1999, 12:00am


Most families cannot afford private health care for relatives with mental problems even though that appears the only way to get urgent help, a relative of Chan Chi-kwan said yesterday.

Speaking outside court, Chan's uncle said the schizophrenic man's family had wanted to seek private help to speed up the process but could not afford it.

21 Aug 1999 - 12:00am

'Victim of sex slavery' seeking $1 million payout

A cake shop employee with an allegedly healthy appetite for sex is being sued for more than $1 million by a man who claims she treated him like a sex slave.

Sum Ka-leung filed a High Court writ seeking $1,000 for each time he says he had sex with alleged former lover, Ko Yim-mui, between January and May this year.

30 Jul 1999 - 12:00am

Minders sued over 'scalding'

A father is suing his daughter's babysitters for allegedly having run a bath so hot it left the child with what is likely to be permanent scarring.

Chow Cheuk-yiu, 3.5, was being bathed by Li Suet-mui at the woman's Tseung Kwan O flat two years ago when she suffered scalding to her lower abdomen and inner thighs, a High Court writ claims.

2 Jun 1999 - 12:00am


A Tai Po man who claims his wife refused to have sex with him because of false rumours is seeking a High Court injunction to gag people he says are gossiping about him.

23 Dec 1998 - 12:00am

Woman in ditch a superstition victim

AN elderly woman who spent two days stuck in a ditch was rescued only when another woman heard about her plight and called police yesterday.

Social commentators expressed shock at the callous attitudes of those who ignored the 73-year-old woman, surnamed Ng, while police blamed superstition for people's reluctance to call 999.

2 Nov 1997 - 12:00am

Dispute over diving boards belly-flops

A high-diving entertainment company's plunge into legal action over equipment at Ocean Park has ended up as something of a public belly flop.

1 Nov 1997 - 12:00am

Toys in hospitals may endanger lives

Paediatric wards are stocked high with donated toys that endanger the lives of children, says a hospital charity.

Playright says up to 90 per cent of hospitals use toys that do not work or endanger the lives of young patients.

The group says better toys are usually kept locked up because of theft fears.

28 Oct 1997 - 12:00am

Husbands suffer bruised egos as more wives take lovers

MORE women are straying from the marital bed, according to counsellors taking crash courses in healing shattered male egos.

The Hong Kong Catholic Marriage Advisory Council is trying to boost men's confidence and communication skills after finding the proportion of married women who had taken lovers had more than doubled in two years.

29 Jun 1997 - 12:00am

Ombudsman to probe rising cost of taxi licences

The Ombudsman is to investigate the soaring cost of taxi licences in an effort to put a brake on fare rises.

Assistant Ombudsman Chan Wai-chung expressed concern at licence premium increases from $1.7 million at the last tender in September 1994 to $3.3 million from the first quarter of this year.

Only a limited number of licences are issued.

17 Jun 1997 - 12:00am

Trail often goes cold in maze of hotlines

Comforting news for those who get lost in the maze of government hotlines - the Ombudsman shares your frustration.

An investigation into the world of automated telephone systems found callers were annoyed by services which shunted them through obscurely named sub-menus, often in a language they did not understand.

17 Jun 1997 - 12:00am

Hillside robbery victims tied up

POLICE found eight men tied in groups pleading for help on a Sau Mau Ping hillside early yesterday after each had been robbed of as little as $60.

The men, aged between 19 and 59, had been tied up in three groups since 10 pm on Friday on the hill outside Lok Wah South Estate, where they all live. They were all unharmed.

4 May 1997 - 12:00am

Red tape cost deaf schoolgirl place in special needs class

A file that probably lay forgotten in an education official's tray prevented a deaf pupil from getting the schooling she needed, the Ombudsman said yesterday.

The Education Department will review procedures for placing students after the secondary schoolgirl was forced into a normal classroom as a result of the mistake.

8 Apr 1997 - 12:00am

Compensation deal for homes hit by sea water

Compensation terms have been agreed for Ma On Shan residents who had sea water piped through their taps.

Shui On Building Contractors has agreed to pay for medical bills, appliance repairs, plastic buckets used to collect fresh water - and dinner for 1,122 people affected.

5 Apr 1997 - 12:00am

First baby faces uncertain future

HONG KONG'S first baby of the Lunar New Year was born with immigration officials demanding her mother be deported to the mainland.

The 3.2-kilogram girl was born at 55 minutes past midnight on the first day of the Lunar New Year at Tuen Mun Hospital.

9 Feb 1997 - 12:00am